Todd R. Chason has been elected as Gordon Feinblatt LLC’s new managing member, or chief operating officer, and as the firm’s general counsel.
Chason, who previously served as the Baltimore law firm’s assistant managing member and finance committee chair, has been with Gordon Feinblatt since he graduated from the University of Baltimore School of Law in 2001.
Chason has worked to improve diversity in the firm, reestablishing its Diversity and Inclusion Committee two years ago and serving as its chair. Chason also helped the firm become active in the Black Law Students Association (BLSA) at the University of Maryland and the University of Baltimore law schools and has offered a scholarship program through the University of Maryland for students from diverse backgrounds.
“What Todd brings is a lot of energy,” said Barry Rosen, Gordon Feinblatt’s CEO. “With a lot of firms it’s only talking about accomplishments and making changes with inclusion and diversity, but the last couple years we’ve really been doing it.”
An energy and environment attorney, Chason has worked to advance solar projects in Maryland. He has appeared often before the Maryland Public Service Commission and the Maryland Department of the Environment and lobbies on behalf of clients regarding energy and environmental legislation.
Rosen nominated Chason a year ago as the firm’s new managing member. Over the past year, Chason shadowed Michael C. Powell, who served as the firm’s managing member for the past seven years. Powell will now go back to practicing as an energy and environment attorney full time.
Rosen said that Chason is a “terrific lawyer and leader” and that his election represents an important transition to a third generation of leadership.
Chason said that in his new role as managing member he looks forward to continuing to work on diversity and inclusion efforts.
“We’re making sure we’re training our employees and making sure we foster a community of respect,” said Chason, who added that he will continue to practice as an energy and environment attorney.
As the managing member, Chason said he is charged with “continuing to provide the best services we have,” while also modernizing the firm and making sure its technology, office space, training, and diversity and inclusion efforts continue to progress.
Before attending the University of Baltimore School of Law, Chason graduated from Stevenson University. He grew up in Baltimore County, where he still lives with his family.
“It’s exciting to give back and continue the traditions that I’ve grown up with in the firm,” Chason said.